CBU is pleased to announce the establishment of the myCBUcard. This smart card will be your official CBU identification card. In addition to identification, the card will be your library card and facilitate printing and copying in the library, labs and general photocopiers across campus. As your official CBU identification card, it will be required for entry to examinations as well as entrance to certain events on campus. If you have a meal plan, the card will allow you to gain admittance to the dining hall and track your usage. In addition, you can use a general account on the card as a debit card on campus sites such as the bookstore and food outlets. You can manage your funds and track your purchases on-line.

This year, all students are required to obtain the new myCBUcard. Once you obtain your card, it will be valid as for as long as you attend CBU. Your initial card is free. A $15 fee is charged for replacement cards, which must be paid for in advance at Enrolment Services. Replacement cards can only be processed at the main CBU Smart Card Office.

The Cape Breton University (CBU) Identification card, also referred to as myCBUcard, is governed by the general terms and conditions of the CBU smartcard program and CBU’s policies, procedures and regulations. Read the terms and conditions carefully as they contain binding obligations between you and CBU.


The main CBU Smart Card Office is located at the IT Service Desk, in room B-1028 in the Marvin Harvey Building.

Main Campus Smart Card Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30-4pm (closed 12-1pm daily). For IT Service Desk hours and closures see the IT Help Desk page.


IT Services now has a second Smart Card Office located in Suite 100, at CBU’s George St. Offices (500 George St.).

George St. Smart Card Office Hours are Tuesday/Thursday, 9am-4pm (closed 1-2pm daily). For planned closures see the IT Help Desk page.


By obtaining a myCBUcard, depositing funds into your myCBUcard account or by using myCBUcard associated services; you agree to and accept all of these terms and conditions. The terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Future changes will apply to all myCBUcards in circulation and will supersede the previous terms and conditions in effect at the time you acquired your myCBUcard. Be sure to review the terms and conditions regularly.

myCBUcard Terms and Conditions


The CBU Smart Card is CBU’s new official identification card which will replace all existing CBU ID cards for all students, staff, faculty and community members. It is your personal identification while on campus. Its features extend beyond a simple ID: it is your CBU library card, campus fitness centre pass, meal plan card and print and photocopy card. The CBU Smart Card also acts as a debit card, allowing you to make purchases at retail outlets on campus.

Yes, all students, staff and faculty must have a CBU Smart Card. Community members wanting to use the CBU Library will also need a valid CBU Guest Smart Card.

Smart Cards are available at the Smart Card Office in Room B-177A in the Marvin Harvey Building. Your initial card is free. Replacement cards are $15.00.

You can use your card as soon as you receive it. It is your official CBU ID.

Initially, Smart Cards will be used as your ID card for events, your library card, for printing and photocopying and for tracking of meal plans. In addition, the general fund account can be used as a debit card for purchases at the bookstore and cafeteria on campus.

You must first deactivate your CBU Smart Card online at using the Account tool. Until you deactivate your card it can be used to make purchases and any balance of funds on the card could be at risk. You will need to get a replacement card at the Smart Card Office in the Marvin Harvey Building Room B190. You will not be required to have another photo taken. The replacement card will be activated immediately and any balance of funds will be transferred to the new card. The cost for a replacement card is $15.00

If your Smart Card is not working, take it to the Smart Card Office in B190 of the Marvin Harvey Building. If your card has been physically damaged, there will be a $15.00 replacement fee. If the
card has not been damaged but is not working, it will be replaced at no cost.

Yes. In accordance with established policies, all students writing examinations are required to show a valid CBU ID Card.

The myCBUcard general account acts as a debit card for on campus purchases. Funds can be added to this account through The general account can be used at any Chartwells (cafeteria, coffee stand, dining hall) and Follett (bookstore) locations.

You can add money to your CBU Smart Card online, at

By logging into the Parents section of the myCBUcard site, anyone who knows your name and CBU Student ID number can add funds. This is under your control. The university will not provide this information to anyone but you.

Please bring your employee ID # with you to the Smart Card Office (Marvin Harvey Building Room B190).

If you do not know your employee ID#, you can obtain it through Human Resources. When you come for your Smart Card, you may choose to have a new photo taken, or to use one we may have on file.

Yes, you do need your CBU Smart Card to access the fitness centre.

No, parking can not be paid for with your CBU Smart card at the meters on campus.

At this time, CBU Smart Cards are not a valid form of payment for buses in the CBRM.

A valid CBU smart card will be required to access printers and photocopiers at the CBU Library. The two Konica Minolta copiers have a card reader attached to each unit. Any print jobs submitted to the Konica print queue can be released on either of the Konica Minolta printer/copiers. Approach the Konica devices and tap your card on the reader. All of your print jobs will be displayed. Select individual print jobs or select All Jobs, your print jobs will be printed if there are sufficient funds available in the General Account.

To make photo copies simply approach the Konica Minolta copier/printers and tap your card. The first screen will show any remaining print jobs. If no print jobs are waiting, the copier menu will be presented. Follow the on screen instructions to make copies. If there are print jobs waiting simply tap the “Use Copier” button and the copier menu will be displayed. Follow the on screen instructions to make copies.

There are also two high capacity Ricoh printers available for printing as well. Any print jobs submitted to the Ricoh print queue can be printed on these large printers near the circulation desk. To release print jobs users must access the Print Release Station located near the printers. Simply tap your CBU smartcard on the card reader. Any print jobs waiting for you will appear on the screen. Select which print jobs you wish to print. Then logout of the screen. Any print jobs not printed will eventually time out and be deleted.

The process will be identical for users that have a Guest Payment Card.

Printing in the labs will not require users to present or tap their CBU smartcards. However, users will be required to have a CBU smart card with funds loaded into the General Account. When
printing from any of these labs user will simply select File/Print from their application and the print job will be sent to a printer located in the corner of the lab. Users will also have the ability to select the print queue for the colour laser printer located at the Help Desk or to the Konica Universal Print queue which will allow users to print on the larger Konica Minolta MFD. Users must have sufficient funds loaded to the General Account on their CBU smartcard.

Yes, printing from your personal devices is supported. We have enabled several print queues for web Print service. Users can go to the site and login using their CBU network account. Enter your CBU network Id and password. On the landing page look for the link Web Print. Click on this link and go to the main Web Print page. Then click on Submit job and follow the on screen instructions to upload your document. Any Microsoft Office documents from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are supported. PDF files and XPS files are also supported. A few image formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP and Gif are supported. Other document formats are not supported.

Print jobs can be submitted from just about any type of device and can be printed on a variety of printers on campus. The main printers will be those in the CBU Library (Ricoh and Konica Minolta), the colour printer at the library and the IT Help Desk and up to 10 other large Konica printers located in publicly accessible areas. Look for the card reader attached to the printer/copier and you will have access to print or copy.

Users will be able to access printers and copiers at various locations across campus. The main print location for most students will be the CBU Library. There are 10 other Konica Minolta copier/printers located across campus. Any of the Konica devices that have a smart card reader attached to the front can be accessed by users with a valid smart card.

Outside of the CBU Library, copiers are located in the following areas:
Learning Commons Hallway – Marvin Harvey Building near B110
Engineering Hallway – Arseneau-Britten Building, 2nd Floor
Student Union Hallway – Student Union Building 2nd Floor near elevators
Technology Center Hallway – TC building, near the main entrance
Campus Expansion Hallway
Campus Centre
Shannon School of Business, 2nd Floor

Only students who are graduating or permanently leaving campus may have money from their myCBUcard General Account refunded. Balances under $5.00 are non-refundable. The student card account will be rendered closed at the time of the refund. Refunds must be requested in writing at the Smart Card Office in B190 of the Marvin Harvey building.

Is there any additional information regarding the use of the CBU Smart Card? Terms and conditions can be found on the CBU Smart Card website